Community Corner

Leave the Old Age Home Stereotype Behind

If you grew up in the 70s, your perception of senior living is probably tainted with ideas of very old, fragile men and women with serious end-of-life issues. A tour through many of that period’s facilities may have done little to dispel your image of these “homes” as places to be avoided at all costs. But like …

A Guide to Terminal Restlessness Among Hospice Patients

As much as dying is a fact of life most people prefer to avoid thinking about this topic. While understandable, it does mean that many of us are unprepared when facing the dying process, which makes the passing of a loved one even more difficult. One common part of this process is known as terminal …

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Private Duty Homecare Through the Veterans Administration

By Deborah Walsh Have you considered private-duty home care for your elderly family member? Maybe you’ve been looking after your father or grandfather for some time. He has been living alone and experiencing difficulty with his mobility, strength and balance, or some health issue. As a family caregiver, you feel overwhelmed and keep wondering if …

Don’t Wait Too Long for Hospice Care

Hospice services are a valuable resource for people of all ages, but especially the elderly and their loved ones, providing comfort, care and support through the final stages of life. Despite the value of this service, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that very few elderly people who …

How is Dementia Diagnosed?

Dementia is a term used to describe a wide range of conditions that cause mental decline affecting someone’s ability to cope with daily life. While Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common dementia disorder, dementia in total, affects more than 5.5 million Americans, many of them seniors. Here are some insights into how dementia is diagnosed, …

Lifestyle is a Leading Differentiator Among CCRCs

The senior living industry is thriving in the US, ensuring seniors’ access to a huge variety of services and lifestyle choices through many providers. These days, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) go above and beyond, offering far more than standard care to create real value and quality of life. Here are some insights from the …

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Spring Break from Five Second Graders’ Perspectives

United Methodist Communities at Pitman has been partnering with Wenonah Elementary School on Best Day of My Life So Far. The nonprofit’s mission is to reduce older adult isolation and promote intergenerational engagement through storytelling. Pitman’s residents and one of the school’s second grade classes have been exchanging and sharing poems and stories for three …

4 Warning Signs that a Senior Needs Help

When an elderly loved one needs help coping at home, the signs aren’t always easy to see. Often, family members and friends don’t notice a physical or mental health decline because it is gradual or perhaps they live further away and can’t check in often enough to evaluate the situation properly. The key here is …

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The Dangers of Black Boxed Prescription Drugs

Even though it’s not a popular topic of discussion, it’s likely that you or someone you know has taken a “black boxed” prescription drug. If that phrase sounds ominous, it should — it refers to a warning in a black box on prescription drug labels that’s reserved for drugs most dangerous to consumers. In this …

4 Ways to Transform Your Assisted Living Apartment into a Home

Moving from a house you or your loved one has known for many years into an assisted living community is a big change. Many people worry that they aren’t going to be comfortable or fit in. One of the best ways to ease this transition is to take the blank canvas of the new apartment …

Awareness Saves Lives – Colorectal Cancer Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so the team from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey is sharing some important information to help spread awareness about this serious disease and save lives. Here is a quick guide to the signs, symptoms and treatment of colorectal cancer. Causes and Risk Factors  Several factors can increase …

The Role of Hospice Care for Loved Ones with Dementia

Alzheimer’s and dementia conditions can bring physical and emotional battles for patients and their loved ones, and in its end stages, requires specialist care. Look for hospice services that have experience with individuals with dementia, as they provide this care with expertise and compassion, focusing on relieving pain, controlling symptoms and maintaining a good quality …

5 Common Balance Disorders That Can Lead to Falls

Falls present one of the biggest threats to senior health and wellness, and are a leading cause of injury and death in American seniors. Therefore, fall prevention is a priority for families with elderly loved ones, as well as the senior healthcare industry. Balance disorders can make falls far more likely, resulting in trips to …

Don’t Miss Out on These 7 Essential Health Screenings

Early diagnosis of health conditions is essential for fast and effective treatment, especially when you’re in your senior years. Comprehensive medical check-ups can help keep you fit, healthy and enjoying life to the fullest! Here are the most important screenings for seniors, from our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey: Blood pressure and cholesterol. Your …

A Guide to Medicare Hospice Coverage and Programs

Hospice is a service offered to preserve a patient’s quality of life in the end stage of life or during a terminal illness. It also addresses the patient’s spiritual, emotional, medical and physical needs. This important service provides care and comfort to both patients and their loved ones, and under certain requirements, can be covered …

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Associate Close-Up: Richard Schleeter, Executive Chef

We recently sat down with the Executive Chef at Pitman to learn more about him and his passion for food and senior care and services. These are his words:   1Q: What is your name and job title? 1A: I’m Rich Schleeter, executive chef of United Methodist Communities at Pitman.   2Q: Where did you grow …

Assisted Living vs. Memory Care – What’s the Difference?

When looking at care options for your senior loved one, you’ll come across many different services and options, including assisted living and memory care . Here’s some insight into what these are all about, from our team in Gloucester County, NJ. What is assisted living?  This type of residential community often consists of apartments and communal buildings/spaces …

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Associate Close-Up: Michael Paris, Director of Dining Services

We recently sat down with the Director of Dining Services at Collingswood to learn more about him and his passion for food and senior care and services. These are his words: Q: What is your name and job title? A: I’m Michael Paris the Director of Dining Services at Collingswood.   Q: Where did you grow …